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My younger children have always been eager to jump in and “do school” when their older siblings are homeschooling here. I’m always looking for exciting ways to keep them entertained while I focus on bookwork with the older kids. One thing that’s great for toddlers and preschoolers is practicing stacking and building with blocks or other items. It helps to build fine motor skills and reasoning. This is one of those activities you can keep changing up to keep it fun and exciting day after day!
Here is a list of 20 fun Stacking Ideas for Toddlers (or preschoolers) to practice their coordination and fine motor skills. Some items you (and they) will find are easier to stack than others. Some items are also food items and I typically will let my children enjoy a little snack of the items once they are done. It adds to the excitement of the activity!
20 Fun Stacking Ideas for Toddlers
- Wooden blocks
- Boxes (I like to use empty cereal and other pantry boxes)
- Stacking rings
- Jello jiggler blocks
- Plastic containers (like what you’d store leftovers in)
- Clean diapers
- Stuffed animals
- Banana slices
- Empty egg cartons
- DVD cases
- Coins (only with close parental supervision, of course)
- Animal Crackers
- Fruit Snacks
- Pool noodles (cut into smaller pieces)
- LeapFrog LeapBuilders
Although LeapFrog LeapBuilders is last on my list, they are certainly not least! These exciting new building blocks have been a huge hit at our home recently!
We have the LeapFrog LeapBuilders Fruit Fun Elephant which is perfect for Gideon since elephants are his favorite animal. He turned 3 years old in February and these blocks have been a great toy for him at this age. This LeapBuilders elephant set comes with an interactive Smart Star cube that responds to the blocks your child inserts into it through educational songs, phrases about numbers, fruits, and colors, and more! In total, it comes with 21 blocks (1 Smart Star Cube and 10 double-sided blocks).
There are 2 ways for your child to use the Smart Star cube. The question button, when activated by your child, will respond by sharing educational phrases about the block inserted or questions about the animals. If your child presses the music button, they’ll be greeted with melodies and learning songs. This set comes with directions to build an elephant, a flamingo, a baby elephant, and also a store.
Gideon has really enjoyed building and playing with these blocks. They are easy to stick together and pull apart, while also staying together well and not falling apart easily which can be frustrating to younger builders. The addition of the Smart Star cube helps to keep him entertained by it longer and I love the educational aspect of it. It’s such a great and easy way to help teach little ones colors, numbers, and fruits! I love that the pictures make it easy for him to build the creations himself as well.
This building toy has been a great addition to our toy box – we can’t wait to get more from the LeapBuilders toy lineup!